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Poet and novelist Valerie Bloom has performed her poetry throughout the world, with numerous television and radio appearances. Described by Michael Morpurgo as 'a wonderful storyteller', she has written several award-winning poetry collections, picture books and novels for children. She gained a first class honours degree in English with African and Caribbean Studies after moving to the UK from Jamaica, and later an honorary masters degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury for her work as a poet. In 2008 she was awarded an MBE for services to poetry.


Robert Muchamore's books have sold over 12.5 million copies worldwide, been translated into 25 languages, and been number one bestsellers in eight countires including the UK, France, Germany and Australia. CHERUB: The Recruit (Hodder) won the Red House Children’s Book Award in 2005, the 12+ category of Richard and Judy’s first children’s book award in 2007, and was a World Book Night title for adult and young adult readers in 2014. A CHERUB TV series is in development.


Caroline Lawrence's historical novels for young readers have sold over a million copies in the UK. Her Roman Mysteries series (Orion) was dramatised by the BBC, and in 2009 she won the Classical Association Prize for a ‘significant contribution to the public understanding of Classics’. An acclaimed sequence of historical novels set in the American West earned her an Edgar nomination in 2014. Caroline is a sought-after speaker and devotes two full months to school events every year.


Sue Heap has written and illustrated many picture books, including the Smarties Prize-winning Cowboy Baby (Walker Books, 1998), and is noted for successful creative collaborations with Nick Sharratt, Sally Lloyd-Jones and Teresa Heapy. She illustrated the New York Times bestseller and Notable Book How To Be A Baby ... By Me, The Big Sister (Schwartz & Wade, 2007), and the widely praised and award-winning Very Little Red Riding Hood (David Fickling Books, 2013 / HMH, 2014).


Megan Rix writes historical and contemporary novels about animals, which she promotes with great flair at school events and literary festivals. The Bomber Dog (Puffin) was shortlisted for The Red House Children’s Book Award in 2014, and her books have won several regional awards. Megan Rix also writes under the name Ruth Symes, with numerous children’s books and TV scripts to her credit, including work for Channel 4, The Jim Henson Company, and RTE / Nick Junior.


Michael Catchpool is the author of eight picture books, including the acclaimed The Cloud Spinner (Knopf), illustrated by Alison Jay, and Hopping Mad (Little Tiger Press), illustrated by David Roberts. A primary school teacher and former curriculum advisor on English and Drama, Michael has written numerous sketches and scripts for use in schools, and recently completed a PhD focused on children’s narrative writing. He is headteacher of a large primary school in Cambridge.


Mary Murphy is a much loved author-illustrator with over 40 books to her name, including I Kissed The Baby! (Walker / Candlewick) and I Like It When (Egmont) – whose penguin protagonist became the ‘anchor’ on Discovery Channel’s children’s television schedule. Mary studied illustration in Dublin, where she still lives and works. Her books have sold well over a million copies worldwide, and have garnered a string of starred reviews and accolades in the UK, Ireland and the USA.